SiI3112 SATA controller problems - status

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at marcuscom.com
Sun Nov 30 11:49:39 PST 2003


On Sun, 2003-11-30 at 14:40, Robert Watson wrote:
> On Sun, 30 Nov 2003, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 09:43, HaggeL wrote:
> > > Hi Guys :)
> > > 
> > > Sorry if i waste your time. I®m a freeBSD noob and need some help.
> > > I want to install freeBSD in januar and have some problems. I want to
> > > buy me a new harddrive, a serial ATA one, because i got the "Silicon
> > > ImageR Sil 3112A-Controller" onboard (Asus A7N8X Motherboard). I
> > > didn®t find a driver in the Hardware Notes of FreeBSD 5.1, and on the
> > > Producer homepage are only ready Linuxkernels avaible
> > > (http://12.24.47.40/display/2n/searchDirect/?searchString=Sil+3112A&searchType=allwords&searchby=keywords&r=0.8157617).
> > > So can anyone tell me if i can get a SATA disk run? I don®t want to
> > > boot from it, just read and write. Buying a new disk only for windows
> > > use is wasted money
> > 
> > We're having a pretty lengthy discussion about these controllers on this
> > list right now.  I suggest you read the archives.  Bottom line, the
> > controller is supported, but it's problematic.  The ATA maintainer has
> > working controllers, but there are those of us that experience data
> > corruption, and at least one user that can't use his drive at all when
> > connected to said controller. 
> 
> I believe a workaround was recently committed to improve behavior on older
> cards using that chipset.  Specifically the following change to
> ata-chipset.c: 
> 
>     revision 1.48
>     date: 2003/11/28 19:01:28;  author: sos;  state: Exp;  lines: +6 -2
>     Workaround for errata on early versions of the sii3112.
>     
>     Approved by: re@
> 
> Does this make any difference in your configuration?

Well, it makes my configuration fail more quickly.  I have the newer
hardware revision 0x02, so technically I shouldn't need this patch.  I
actually modified it so that the SIIBUG flag was applied to my card, but
it resulted in a kernel panic while building world.

Joe

> 
> Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
> robert at fledge.watson.org      Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research
> 
> 
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